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Sequence-dependent hydration water dynamics of dodecameric DNA

中川 洋; 米谷 佳晃*; 中島 健次; 河村 聖子; 菊地 龍弥*; 稲村 泰弘; 片岡 幹雄*; 河野 秀俊*

JPS Conference Proceedings (Internet), 33, p.011101_1 - 011101_6, 2021/03

5'CGCG$$underline{rm AATT}$$CGCG'3 and 5'CGCG$$underline{rm TTAA}$$CGCG'3のDNAについて、軽水と重水のコントラストを利用した中性子準弾性散乱による水和水ダイナミクスを測定した。この2つのDNAは計算機によってそれぞれ硬い分子と柔らかい分子であることが分かっている。どちらの配列も約240KにDNAと水和水のどちらも動力学転移が観測された。転移温度以上では、水和水の平均自乗変位は硬い配列の方が小さかった。また水和水の緩和時間は硬いほうが長かった。ピコ秒時間スケールの水和水ダイナミクスは配列依存的なDNAの硬さと関係していることを示唆した。


H3 histone tail conformation within the nucleosome and the impact of K14 acetylation studied using enhanced sampling simulation

池部 仁善; 桜庭 俊*; 河野 秀俊

PLOS Computational Biology, 12(3), p.e1004788_1 - e1004788_13, 2016/03

 被引用回数:35 パーセンタイル:91.33(Biochemical Research Methods)

Acetylation of lysine residues in histone tails is associated with gene transcription. Because histone tails are structurally flexible and intrinsically disordered, it is difficult to experimentally determine the tail conformations and the impact of acetylation. In this work, we performed simulations to sample H3 tail conformations with and without acetylation. The results show that irrespective of the presence or absence of the acetylation, the H3 tail remains in contact with the DNA and assumes an alpha-helix structure in some regions. Acetylation slightly weakened the interaction between the tail and DNA and enhanced alpha-helix formation, resulting in a more compact tail conformation. We inferred that this compaction induces unwrapping and exposure of the linker DNA, enabling DNA-binding proteins (e.g., transcription factors) to bind to their target sequences. In addition, our simulation also showed that acetylated lysine was more often exposed to the solvent, which is consistent with the fact that acetylation functions as a post-translational modification recognition site marker.


Two arginine residues suppress the flexibility of nucleosomal DNA in the canonical nucleosome core

河野 秀俊; 白山 一義*; 有村 泰宏*; 立和名 博昭*; 胡桃坂 仁志*

PLOS ONE (Internet), 10(3), p.e0120635_1 - e0120635_15, 2015/03

 被引用回数:23 パーセンタイル:66.95(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

The dynamics of nucleosomes containing either canonical H3 or its centromere-specific variant CENP-A were investigated using molecular dynamics simulations. The simulations showed that the histone cores were structurally stable during simulation periods of 100 ns and 50 ns, while DNA was highly flexible at the entry and exit regions and partially dissociated from the histone core. In particular, approximately 20-25 bp of DNA at the entry and exit regions of the CENP-A nucleosome exhibited larger fluctuations than DNA at the entry and exit regions of the H3 nucleosome. Our detailed analysis clarified that this difference in dynamics was attributable to a difference in two basic amino acids in the$$alpha$$N helix; two arginine (Arg) residues in H3 were substituted by lysine (Lys) residues at the corresponding sites in CENP-A. The difference in the ability to form hydrogen bonds with DNA of these two residues regulated the flexibility of nucleosomal DNA at the entry and exit regions. Our exonuclease III assay consistently revealed that replacement of these two Arg residues in the H3 nucleosome by Lys enhanced endonuclease susceptibility, suggesting that the DNA ends of the CENP-A nucleosome are more flexible than those of the H3 nucleosome. This difference in the dynamics between the two types of nucleosomes may be important for forming higher order structures in different phases.


Intensity of diffracted X-rays from biomolecules with radiation damage caused by strong X-ray pulses

甲斐 健師; 徳久 淳師*; 森林 健悟; 福田 祐仁; 河野 秀俊; 郷 信広*

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 83(9), p.094301_1 - 094301_5, 2014/09

 被引用回数:1 パーセンタイル:12.55(Physics, Multidisciplinary)



Local dynamics coupled to hydration water determines DNA-sequence-dependent deformability

中川 洋; 米谷 佳晃; 中島 健次; 河村 聖子; 菊地 龍弥; 稲村 泰弘; 片岡 幹雄; 河野 秀俊

Physical Review E, 90(2), p.022723_1 - 022723_11, 2014/08

 被引用回数:9 パーセンタイル:56.03(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)



Adaptive lambda square dynamics simulation; An Efficient conformational sampling method for biomolecules

池部 仁善; 櫻庭 俊; 河野 秀俊

Journal of Computational Chemistry, 35(1), p.39 - 50, 2014/01

 被引用回数:14 パーセンタイル:44.72(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

A novel, efficient sampling method for biomolecules is proposed. The partial McMD was recently developed as a method that improved generalized ensemble (GE) methods to focus sampling only on a part of a system (GEPS); however, it was not tested well. We found that partial McMD did not work well for poly-lysine decapeptide and gave significantly worse sampling efficiency than a conventional GE. Herein, we elucidate the fundamental reason for this and propose a novel GEPS, adaptive lambda square dynamics (ALSD), which can resolve the problem faced when using partial McMD. We demonstrate that ALSD greatly increases the sampling efficiency over a conventional GE. We believe that ALSD is an effective method and is applicable to the conformational sampling of larger and more complicated biomolecule systems.


Calculation of molecular-structure-based damage caused by short-pulse high-intensity X-ray lasers

甲斐 健師; 徳久 淳師*; 河野 秀俊

Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 82(11), p.114301_1 - 114301_5, 2013/11

 被引用回数:1 パーセンタイル:12.31(Physics, Multidisciplinary)



Dissociation free-energy profiles of specific and nonspecific DNA-protein complexes

米谷 佳晃; 河野 秀俊

Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 117(25), p.7535 - 7545, 2013/06

 被引用回数:13 パーセンタイル:36.35(Chemistry, Physical)

DNA-binding proteins recognize DNA sequences with at least two different binding modes, specific and nonspecific. Experimental structures of such complexes provide us a static view of the bindings. However, it is difficult to reveal further mechanisms of their target-site search and recognition only from static information because the transition process between the bound and unbound states is not clarified by static information. What is the difference between specific and nonspecific bindings? Here we performed adaptive biasing force molecular dynamics simulations with the specific and nonspecific structures of DNA-Lac repressor complexes to investigate the dissociation process. The resultant free-energy profiles showed that the specific complex has a sharp, deep well consistent with tight binding, whereas the non-specific complex has a broad, shallow well consistent with loose binding. The difference in the well depth, 5 kcal/mol, was in fair agreement with the experimentally obtained value and was found to mainly come from the protein conformational difference, particularly in the C-terminal tail. Comparison of the free-energy barrier for sliding, $$sim$$8.7 kcal/mol, and that for dissociation (at least $$sim$$16 kcal/mol) calculated in this study suggests that sliding is much preferred to dissociation.



池田 思朗*; 河野 秀俊

統計数理, 61(1), p.135 - 146, 2013/06



Local conformational changes in the DNA interfaces of proteins

角南 智子; 河野 秀俊

PLOS ONE (Internet), 8(2), p.e56080_1 - e56080_12, 2013/02

 被引用回数:9 パーセンタイル:25.59(Multidisciplinary Sciences)

When a protein binds to DNA, a conformational change is often induced so that the protein will fit into the DNA structure. Therefore, quantitative analyses were conducted to understand the conformational changes in proteins. The results showed that conformational changes in DNA interfaces are more frequent than in non-interfaces, and DNA interfaces have more conformational variations in the DNA-free form. As expected, the former indicates that interaction with DNA has some influence on protein structure. The latter suggests that the intrinsic conformational flexibility of DNA interfaces is important for adjusting their conformation for DNA. The amino acid propensities of the conformationally changed regions in DNA interfaces indicate that hydrophilic residues are preferred over the amino acids that appear in the conformationally unchanged regions. This trend is true for disordered regions, suggesting again that intrinsic flexibility is of importance not only for DNA binding but also for interactions with other molecules. These results demonstrate that fragments destined to be DNA interfaces have an intrinsic flexibility and are composed of amino acids with the capability of binding to DNA. This information suggests that the prediction of DNA binding sites may be improved by the integration of amino acid preference for DNA and one for disordered regions.


弱い回析パターンからの位相回復; 単粒子構造解析に向けて

河野 秀俊; 池田 思朗*

放射光, 26(1), p.38 - 43, 2013/01




米谷 佳晃; 河野 秀俊

アンサンブル, 14(4), p.182 - 186, 2012/10



A New method for evaluating the specificity of indirect readout in protein-DNA recognition

山崎 智*; 寺田 透*; 河野 秀俊; 清水 謙多郎*; 皿井 明倫*

Nucleic Acids Research, 40(17), p.e129_1 - e129_7, 2012/09

 被引用回数:18 パーセンタイル:46.8(Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Proteins recognize a specific DNA sequence not only through direct contact (direct readout) with base pairs but also through sequence-dependent conformation and/or flexibility of DNA (indirect readout). However, it is difficult to assess the contribution of indirect readout to the sequence specificity. What is needed is a straightforward method for quantifying its contributions to specificity. Using Bayesian statistics, we derived the probability of a particular sequence for a given DNA structure from the trajectories of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of DNAs containing all possible tetramer sequences. Then, we quantified the specificity of indirect readout based on the information entropy associated with the probability. We tested this method with known structures of protein-DNA complexes. This method enabled us to correctly predict those regions where experiments suggested the involvement of indirect readout. The results also indicated new regions where the indirect readout mechanism makes major contributions to the recognition. The present method can be used to estimate the contribution of indirect readout without approximations to the distributions in the conformational ensembles of DNA, and would serve as a powerful tool to study the mechanism of protein-DNA recognition.


Molecular structure of isolated MvspI, a variable surface protein of the fish pathogen ${it Mycoplasma mobile}$

Adan, J.*; 吉井 周平*; 河野 秀俊; 宮田 真人*

Journal of Bacteriology, 194(12), p.3050 - 3057, 2012/06

 被引用回数:8 パーセンタイル:23.92(Microbiology)

${it Mycoplasma mobile}$ is a parasitic bacterium that causes necrosis in the gills of freshwater fishes. This study examines the molecular structure of its surface variable protein, MvspI, composed of 2002 amino acids. MvspI was isolated from Mycoplasma cells by a biochemical procedure to 92% homogeneity. Gel filtration and analytical ultracentrifugation suggested that this protein is a cylinder-shaped monomer with axes of 66 and 2.7 nm. Rotary shadowing transmission electron microscopy of MvspI showed that the molecule is composed of two rods 30 and 45 nm long; the latter rod occasionally features a bulge. The electron microscopy with a monoclonal antibody and epitope mapping showed that the bulge end of molecular image corresponds to the C-terminus of amino acid sequence. Partial digestion by various proteases suggested that the N-terminal part, comprised of 697 amino acids, is flexible. Analysis of the predicted amino acid sequence showed that the molecule features an N-terminal signal sequence and 16 repeats of about 90 residues; 15 positions exist between residues 88 and 1479, and the other position is between residues 1725 and 1807. The amino acid sequence of MvspI was assigned onto a molecular image obtained by electron microscopy, based on the features from both analyses. The present study is the first to elucidate the molecular shape of a surface variable protein of Mycoplasma.


Classifying and assembling two-dimensional X-ray laser diffraction patterns of a single particle to reconstruct the three-dimensional diffraction intensity function; Resolution limit due to the quantum noise

徳久 淳師*; 高 潤一郎*; 河野 秀俊; 郷 信広*

Acta Crystallographica Section A, 68(3), p.366 - 381, 2012/05

 被引用回数:19 パーセンタイル:81.39(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary)

A new two-step algorithm is developed for reconstructing three-dimensional diffraction intensity of a globular biological macromolecule from many experimentally measured quantum-noise limited two-dimensional (2D) X-ray laser diffraction patterns, each for unknown orientation. First step is a classification of 2D patterns into groups according to similarity of direction of incident X-ray with respect to the molecule and an averaging within each group to reduce the noise. Second is a detection of common intersecting circles between the signal-enhanced 2D patterns to identify their mutual location in the 3D wave-number space. The newly developed algorithm enables to detect signal for classification in such a noisy experimental photon-count data as low as $$sim$$0.1 photons per effective pixel. Wavenumber of such a limiting pixel determines the attainable structural resolution. From this fact, resolution attainable by this new method of analysis as well as two important experimental parameters, the number of 2D patterns to be measured (load for detector) and the number of pairs of 2D patterns to be analyzed (load for computer), are derived as a function of intensity of incident X-ray and quantities characterizing the target molecule.


Rational design of DNA sequence-specific zinc fingers

河野 秀俊; 今西 未来*; 根木 滋*; 辰谷 和弥*; 栄田 優衣*; 橋本 彩加*; 中山 千絵*; 二木 史朗*; 杉浦 幸雄*

FEBS Letters, 586(6), p.918 - 923, 2012/03

 被引用回数:5 パーセンタイル:16.19(Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

We developed a rational scheme for designing DNA binding proteins. The scheme was applied for a zinc finger protein and the designed sequences were experimentally characterized with high DNA sequence specificity. Starting with the backbone of a known finger structure, we initially calculated amino acid sequences compatible with that expected structure and the designed fingers were experimentally confirmed their expected secondary structures. The DNA-binding function was then added to the designed finger by reconsidering a section of the amino acid sequence and computationally selecting amino acids to have the lowest protein-DNA interaction energy for the target DNA sequences. Among the designed proteins, one had a gap between the lowest and second lowest protein-DNA interaction energies that was sufficient to give DNA sequence-specificity.


Phase retrieval from single biomolecule diffraction pattern

池田 思朗*; 河野 秀俊

Optics Express (Internet), 20(4), p.3375 - 3387, 2012/02

 被引用回数:9 パーセンタイル:46.17(Optics)

In this paper, we propose the SPR (sparse phase retrieval) method, which is a new phase retrieval method for coherent X-ray diffraction imaging (CXDI). Conventional phase retrieval methods effectively solve the problem for high signal-to-noise ratio measurements, but would not be sufficient for single biomolecular imaging which is expected to be realized with femto-second X-ray free electron laser pulses. The SPR method is based on the Bayesian statistics. It does not need to set the object boundary constraint that is required by the commonly used hybrid input-output (HIO) method, instead a prior distribution is defined with an exponential distribution and used for the estimation. Simulation results demonstrate that the proposed method reconstructs the electron density under a noisy condition even some central pixels are masked.


What determines water-bridge lifetimes at the surface of DNA? Insight from systematic molecular dynamics analysis of water kinetics for various DNA sequences

米谷 佳晃; 河野 秀俊

Biophysical Chemistry, 160(1), p.54 - 61, 2012/01

 被引用回数:20 パーセンタイル:57.77(Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

The lifetime during which a water molecule resides at the surface of a biomolecule varies according to the hydration site. What determines this variety of lifetimes? Despite many previous studies, there is still no uniform picture quantitatively explaining this phenomenon. Here we calculate the lifetime for a particular hydration pattern in the DNA minor groove, the water bridge, for various DNA sequences to show that the water-bridge lifetime varies from 1 to 300 ps in a sequence-dependent manner. We find that it follows 1/k ($$V$$$$_{step}$$)$$P$$$$_{m}$$, where $$P$$$$_{m}$$ and $$V$$$$_{step}$$ are two crucial factors, namely the probability of forming a specific hydrogen bond in which more than one donor atom participates, and the structural fluctuation of DNA, respectively. This relationship provides a picture of the water kinetics with atomistic detail and shows that water dissociation occurs when a particular hydrogen-bonding pattern appears.


DNAの水和とダイナミクスの塩基配列依存性; DNA-タンパク質,DNA-低分子認識の理解に向けて

米谷 佳晃; 河野 秀俊

揺らぎと生体機能, p.66 - 71, 2010/10



Discovery of proteinaceous N-modification in lysine biosynthesis of ${it Thermus thermophilus}$

堀江 暁*; 富田 武郎*; 斉木 朝子*; 河野 秀俊; 高 ひかり*; 峯木 礼子*; 藤村 務*; 西山 千春*; 葛山 智久*; 西山 真*

Nature Chemical Biology, 5(9), p.673 - 679, 2009/09

 被引用回数:36 パーセンタイル:64.02(Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

Although the latter part of the lysine biosynthesis, conversion of $$alpha$$-aminoadipate (AAA) to lysine, of ${it Thermus thermophilus}$ is similar to that of the arginine biosynthesis, enzymes homologous to ArgA and ArgJ are absent in the Thermus pathway. Since ArgA and ArgJ are known to modify the amino group of glutamate to avoid intramolecular cyclization of intermediates, their absence suggests an alternative N-modification system in the pathway. We reconstituted the conversion of AAA to lysine, and revealed that the amino group of AAA is modified with the $$gamma$$-carboxyl group of C-terminal Glu54 of a small protein, LysW, and the side-chain of AAA is converted to the lysyl side-chain in LysW-attached forms. Lysine is subsequently liberated from LysW/lysine-fusion. Recognition of the acidic globular domain of LysW by biosynthetic enzymes indicates that LysW acts as a carrier protein or protein scaffold of the biosynthetic enzymes in this system. This study reveals the previously unknown function of a small protein in the primary metabolism.

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